Gavin Ellwood
Gavin Ellwood
Director of Associations and Foundations

Gavin leads EA’s senior level work, specialising in the appointment of senior leaders and communications experts. Advising boards of organisations that are seeking to manage their reputation and influence with the appointment of directors general, chief executives, communications directors and their teams.

Gavin also leads the Association Practice, a full service team of recruiters and head hunters for national, European and international representative and membership organisations. He specialises in the appointment of senior leaders, advising the boards of trade associations and professional bodies on the appointment of Directors General, Chief Executives and their communications teams.


He has over twenty years’ headhunting experience covering assignments in the UK, mainland Europe and Washington DC for a diverse range of organisations and global brands. Gavin launched the Association Leadership Academy to provide education, skills, networking and training to association leaders. He hosts the annual Association Leadership Forum in Brussels, and in early 2016 and 2017 his team became a finalist at The Association Excellence Awards in the Best Association Supplier category.


Gavin is a Court member of the Company of Public Relations Practitioners and a Freeman of the City of London. He has a BA Hons in Philosophy & Psychology.

An entrepreneurially minded lover of tech, motorbikes and dogs. His schnauzer, Nelson, occasionally makes an appearance in the London office.